Music

Jon singing
Jon singing at La Parisienne, circa 1986
Jon at busking carnival
Jon at a national busking contest, 1987 (I came second)

Once upon a time (well, for about 10 years actually) I used to sing for a living, accompanying myself on guitar, mostly playing songs from the Swing Era, mixed in with a bit of blues and jazz. Sadly, little survives in the way of decent recordings or even pictures from my singing career, but here are a few fuzzy renditions that give a hint of what I did (and, to a much lesser extent, still do)

 

 

 

 

 

1980s

Recordings from the Greys pub in Brighton, 1987.

My baby just cares for me (Donaldson & Kahn)

Buddy can you spare a dime (Harburg & Gorney)

In the mood (Garland & Razaf)

Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard & Casey) (with Mike Mann on spoons)

 

A few songs from around 2001

I did these as I was trying to get the hang of making digital recordings, made in my office at home. They’re very quick and dirty, with a very small amount of double-tracking on the guitar solos, but the quality is a little higher than the earlier live recordings.

Guilty (Whiting, Akst, & Kahn)

Every time we say goodbye (Porter)

So Tired (Morgan & Stuart)

 

And so it goes on: the 2010s…

In 2012 I gatecrashed the OpenEd conference cruise as there happened to be a few of my friends at the conference, and the cruise boat happened to be leaving from a dock that is about 10 minutes away from where I live by False Creek Ferry. After a drink or three or four, I joined in the jamming session, and someone recorded it. I should note that I usually sing this song half an octave lower, and mostly with less alcohol, for reasons that may be painfully apparent…

 

 

In 2018 I did a gig at the Pie Shoppe, in conjunction with SugarCubeCabin, my favourite local sponsor of the arts. Here’s an ad for it on Instagram, put up by the Pie Shoppe Girls…

Here’s a recording of me singing King of the Swingers from that session…

And here’s a video of me singing the same song about a week later in Donnellan’s pub, Granville St, Vancouver.

King of the Swingers video